“Chivalry is a poor substitute for justice, if one cannot have both. Chivalry is something like the icing on cake, sweet, but not nourishing.”
– Nellie McClung
In a previous life, I worked at a rape crisis centre. I had the opportunity to visit different schools in our area and gave presentations on Healthy Relationships, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, and Sexual Assault. The amount of disclosures the students gave was terrifying.
Additionally, I worked the crisis line for the centre. I can’t tell you how many times my heart broke while talking to those callers. I helped run various work shops at shelters in the area and even helped to organize our region’s Take Back The Night rally. This job was definitely the most humbling, but also the hardest job I’ve ever had. There was a long period of time where I lost faith in our society as a whole.
Though I no longer work this job, I’ve been thinking about different ways I can still help in the fight against violence towards women. Believe me when I say that no rape crisis centre or women’s shelter would turn away a volunteer. If you don’t have the ability to volunteer at one of these places, consider attending your community’s Take Back The Night rally or other events that different organizations in your community may be running.
March 8th is International Women’s Day. In additional to equality and other social and political issues, I sincerely hope and pray that a day will come when violence against women is ended both in Canada and throughout the world!
Think of the women in your life today. Think about where we were, where we are, and where we should be.